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University of Portsmouth: Cybercrime (Distance Learning)

Institution University of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught


As more people and services look to digital technologies, the risks and threats of cybercrime continue to grow. This has exposed a shortfall in experienced cybercrime investigators. Study our MSc Cybercrime and join the next generation of cybercrime researchers and investigators.

With an MSc in Cybercrime, you'll gain the skills needed to meet the demand for experienced cybercrime investigators and help make the online world a safer place.

On this course, you'll focus on the acts of cybercrime and the criminals behind them.

You'll discover the motivations and behavioural aspects behind cybercrime and other online deviant behaviours such as harassment and bullying, to find out what leads people to harm others on the web.

The critical and analytical knowledge you develop will ready you to act as a link between traditional police officers and technological forensic investigators.

You'll take a global approach to cybercrime and investigate the international cooperation needed to tackle it.

You’ll also have opportunities to collaborate with specialists in the cybercrime field, through The University of Portsmouth's Cybercrime Awareness Clinic, and our affiliations with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), local constabularies and regional organised crime units.

What you’ll study This course will give you the skills to pursue a career in combating cybercrime.

On this course, you'll:

Take a holistic approach to cybercrime, developing critical thinking around responses to technological, human, legal and management perspectives Investigate sociological and criminological aspects of cybercrime, identifying offender characteristics and the main victims of cybercrime Collaborate with experienced personnel such as members of Hampshire Police and the Crime Commissioner’s Office on your dissertation/major project Explore debates surrounding the causes of cybercrimes, digital investigations and the methods and motivations of cybercriminals Assess new harms online such as bullying, harassment and technology-facilitated sexual violence, as well as potential shortfalls in legislation

How you're assessed All assessments for this course are based on coursework submitted online. Your performance is assessed through coursework including:

Academic essays Briefing papers and reports Blog posts Narrated presentations A dissertation You can also test your skills and knowledge informally before assessments via online quizzes, group discussions, peer review activities and virtual seminars.

Tutors will provide feedback on practice and formal assessments so you can improve your work for the future.

Career prospects and opportunities After graduating from MSc Cybercrime, you’ll have the technical skills necessary to pursue a career in helping preserve cybersecurity and the critical thinking and social awareness needed to understand online behaviour.

With your specialist knowledge, you could become a central player in organisations such as the police, as cybercrime is an ever-evolving sector that demands someone with a firm grip on the subject.

Your skills will be particularly in demand within law enforcement and local government, where you can benefit from our connections with the Hampshire Police and National Crime Agency. With the skills and expertise you’ll gain on this course, you could go on to a career as a:

Behaviour analyst Information security officer Risk management analyst Intelligence analyst Police officer/investigator Researcher Discover key terms that industry professionals need to know with our Cybercrime glossary:


University of Portsmouth


‘I already feel so much more confident applying for jobs.’

Anna, Master’s student at the University of Portsmouth

 Why Portsmouth?
A stronger sense of direction. Opportunities to specialise and further your prospects. A big step towards achieving your ambitions. Portsmouth is a university where you can connect with great people and businesses, and unlock career possibilities.

Taught qualification or independent research? On-campus teaching or online part-time study? At Portsmouth, you can choose from a wide range of subjects and modes of study.

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